STL County Council may vote on McCulloch pension bill

After months of waiting, the St. Louis County Council may vote on a bill that would impact the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s pension.

Councilwoman Hazel Erby plans to call her substitute bill on Tuesday that will attempt to roll back the previously agreed upon county pension plan.

The measure passed last fall for the adjustment pension funds was meant to improve benefit packages to retain quality employees. Erby and others are now voicing concerns that it was specifically crafted to benefit St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch.

McCulloch

At a committee hearing in July, Attorney John Hessel, who represented McCulloch at the committee hearing, said the original bill that was passed last November wouldn’t benefit McCulloch, but rather whoever holds the position of prosecuting attorney in the future.

“It does not effect McCulloch today,” Hessel said. “It only goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019. Therefore, it’s only going to affect future office holders. I personally hope Bob McCulloch is the officeholder, but if he’s not, then that change will benefit and attract the best prosecuting attorney possible.”

McCulloch, who was present at the committee, blamed the whole controversy on The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which he said published misinformation.

“You haven’t heard a single word from me, political [or] anything at all, and that’s very intentional on my part,” McCulloch said. “This entire controversy, if you will, is based upon false information published by The Post.”

Budget Bills

Also on the St. Louis County Council agenda is to move various budget bills during their weekly meeting on Tuesday.

The budget legislation would approve and adopt various operations that need funding in the county such as the general fund, special road and bridge fund, health fund, park maintenance and road preservation fund to name a few.

All of these budget bills will be heard on second reading during the council meeting.

In addition to the council hearing various FY2018 budget items, Councilman Sam Page plans on introducing a bill that would allow the county to enter into a contract with a security service for the MET Center.

The bill would approve a contract with Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. for $45,774 with the contract not exceed $54,928.80.

To see the rest of the St. Louis County Council agenda, visit the St. Louis County Council’s website.

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